An estimated 48 million people in the United States report some degree of hearing loss.
Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) November 12, 2016
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears) and hearing loss are the top two war wounds among veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The most common civilian cause of hearing loss is aging. But hearing loss can also be noise induced at any age, as a result of acoustic trauma. For veterans, acoustic trauma could mean explosives, firearms, radio communication or loud yelling to name a few examples.
Often, service members don’t realize they have suffered a hearing loss, until later in life, when they are in fact (and may have been for some time) experiencing significant difficulty. Additionally, testing that was done years ago was not as comprehensive as it is now, neglecting to test the frequencies at which noise-induced hearing loss occurs.
Herbert Rogers, Director of Security at HASA, recently sat down with Sheilah Kast, host of WYPR’s “On the Record,” to discuss hearing loss in veterans. Herbert has been with HASA for 26 years and served in the Air Force for 8 years, from 1960-1968.
When Herbert came home from his time overseas in Germany, he didn't notice a loss in his hearing ability. It was much later in life when he first came to the conclusion that a hearing evaluation was necessary. Herbert shared his story on WYPR's "On The Record" broadcast.
Audiologist Julie Norin, who also appeared on WYPR this morning, posted information on HASA's blog about tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss for veterans and others who may work or live in loud environments. You can read about it on HASA's website.
About the Hearing and Speech Agency
The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) is a private, non-profit organization that provides hearing and speech services, offers an information resource center and advocates for people of all ages with communication disorders/disabilities. Services include hearing tests, hearing aids, hearing-aid repair, speech-language evaluations and therapy, listening and spoken language therapy, pre- and post-cochlear implant services, occupational and physical therapy, special education, sign language and oral interpreting, sign-language classes, Deaf awareness seminars, social work, and parent support groups.